Guinea fowl keets, or baby chicks less than twelve weeks old. These interesting birds are my new perimeter alarm system, since my geese met an untimely demise shortly after I put in a pond for their pleasure. Now the pond is my contribution to my habitat's wildlife on my little four acres of Maine woods, but without the goose poop messing up the edge and geese eating the water plants.
Back to the subject. Guinea fowl are very territorial, and will send out an alarm to any new intruder or predator. They can free range during the day, but do need the security and protection from predators of being brought in at night. They can be quite social with humans if accustomed from an early age to being handled. My spinning flock friend, Megan, is the one who first introduced me to the birds. Hers would even come to the window and tap on it to get attention, but hers was an only Guinea.
These guys I picked up when they were 3-4 days old. We'll know when they are about 12 weeks, which are female and which are male. The only way to sex them is by their calls - the females have a two-toned call, similar to "buck wheat" and the males have a single-toned call of "chi chi chi". Otherwise, plumage and size-wise, it is impossible to tell the genders apart.
By two weeks of age, they are starting to get their real feathers in. As adults, they have bald appearing heads with red skin appendages hanging off, making them look quite odd. They service their area by eating slugs, ticks, spiders, mosquitoes, and other harmful insects to plants, all without harming the plants. If introduced to tomatoes, they will apparently eat them however. For now, they are feeding and growing indoors where we can keep an eye on them and keep them warm. Soon, we'll install perches and a bird door on the former goose house (shed), and replace the flooring, as well as put up inside plywood on the walls for added insulation both for winter warmth, but also as additional protection from predators such as weasels, fishers, and the like.
PS No, DD is not really eating the keet. Please note the very expensive straight teeth. We moved while the braces were in progress, so it cost me almost double to finish the job!